by Texas Homesteader ~
We found pet stains on our carpet. Even using a professional carpet cleaning service failed to permanently remove that carpet stain. But this inexpensive homemade stain treatment worked perfectly. And the stain never reappeared!
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Pet Stains On Carpet
When we adopted our Mini-Schnauzer Bailey several years ago, we had no idea she was plagued by painful bladder stones.
I’m happy to say surgery to remove her bladder stones was a success and Bailey has been a happy and healthy member of our household ever since.
But her bladder-stone condition had caused her to relieve herself often in the house. And her urine was sometimes tinged with blood. A carpet-stain nightmare!
Pet Stains Reappear After Being Cleaned
Of course we tried to spot-clean the pet stains ourselves with various purchased carpet cleaners.
But even rinsing & blotting the cleaner out of the carpet to the best of our ability, the soap residue apparently attracted dirt over the following days until the stain magically ‘reappeared‘.
Professional Carpet Cleaner Did Not Remove Stain
So we hired a carpet cleaning company to come give the stain a professional cleaning.
They spot-treated the urine stain first with a concentrated cleaner. Then they cleaned the whole room with their high-powered commercial machine and strong chemical-laden cleaner.
Although the stain lightened initially, it came back several days later. Soap residue again? Hummm…
Cleaning Our Carpet Ourselves
So I went looking for a better carpet cleaning solution. We obtained a small *Bissell SpotClean Machine for spot-treating carpet stains.
It works by spraying cleaning solution on your carpet and then sucking out all the liquid back out of the carpet into another receptacle.
But instead of buying commercial carpet cleaning solutions to go into the machine, I decided to go looking for a less toxic carpet cleaner.
I knew I didn’t want to use soap because, well, it keeps attracting dirt after the stain has been removed. Heck, even when hiring a professional carpet cleaner!
Homemade Carpet Cleaner Solution
So I decided to use a carpet cleaner recipe I found on wikihow online. This homemade carpet cleaner solution ingredients were:
Oddly enough it also called for essential oil in the ingredients.
But although essential oil would smell nice, I can’t imagine that adding oil in any quantity would be good for a carpet stain. So I omitted it.
Any subtle smell of vinegar dissipates when it dries, so I wasn’t concerned about that. The only ingredients I used were white vinegar, salt & water.
Homemade Carpet Cleaning Solution For Pet Stains
We used our Bissell machine and our homemade carpet-cleaning liquid to remove the pet stain. But I wondered, would that stain magically reappear yet again?
To test that oddity, I waited a few months before sharing this post with you. As of today, the stain is still gone, gone, GONE! Yea!
Here’s my disclaimer. I’m just sharing with y’all an inexpensive solution I was able to make myself that worked beautifully for a pet stain on our carpet using a small spot cleaner machine. The carpet in our bedroom is a light color and there was no damage or fading to our carpet as a result of using my homemade cleaner.
But your carpet may be made with different materials and/or dyes. So please test this on an inconspicuous spot first to make sure it doesn’t fade or damage your carpet! Then proceed at your own risk. M’kay?
Here’s the recipe I used, and it’s the only spot-cleaning solution I’ll ever use from now on. Simple ingredients from my own kitchen to replace a plastic jug of chemical cleaners?
Did you make this Carpet Cleaning Solution? Please rate the recipe in your comment below!
MYO Carpet-Cleaning Solution For Our Bissell SpotClean Machine
When we discovered pet stains on our carpet we hired a professional carpet cleaner, but the stains returned. Using this simple homemade carpet cleaner solution removed the stains for good! #TexasHomesteader
- 1 cup distilled white vinegar
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 teaspoons salt
Warm 2 cups water for 1 minute in microwave, add 2 teaspoons salt and stir to dissolve & add 1 cup vinegar.
Pour into Bissell reservoir (marked) and clean carpet
Bissell Carpet Cleaner Instructions:
Add cleaner mixture to Bissell reservoir and attach it to the machine.
Spray mixture from Bissell wand onto carpet stain and let sit for 15-20 minutes.
Then using the bristles on the wand, begin scrubbing until no stain remains.
Finally, activate suction which removes water & cleaning solution from carpet.
When finished, turn fan on to expedite carpet drying.
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